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Old 11-10-2020, 07:06 PM
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I can honestly say that I've never seen anyone wearing a poppy for Memorial Day or Veteran's Day. Do any of our other American posters recall seeing poppies for sale or people wearing them?


https://www.alaforveterans.org/Poppy/


Personally I would love to see this tradition of wearing one catch on in the U.S.A.
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Old 11-10-2020, 07:13 PM
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I can honestly say that I've never seen anyone wearing a poppy for Memorial Day or Veteran's Day. Do any of our other American posters recall seeing poppies for sale or people wearing them?


https://www.alaforveterans.org/Poppy/


Personally I would love to see this tradition of wearing one catch on in the U.S.A.
Growing up, my family was very involved with the local VFW my dad belonged to. We *always* wore poppies for Veteran's Day and sometimes even helped with selling them in public. Memorial Day usually involved picnics after really getting in the spirit for a Memorial Day parade which my dad always participated in to the max and of course, so was his family. I don't really recall poppies for Memorial Day that much either.

Of course the biggest story ever told surrounding my dad's time in the service was how my mother had to "run away" to marry my dad. She took a train from Detroit to Oceanside, California and married my dad just before he shipped out overseas with the Navy in WWII. I still have the rhinestone American flag she proudly wore every day while he was gone. Now that's a vintage item I'll hold onto dearly.
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Old 11-10-2020, 07:22 PM
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In Canada its tradition for men and women to wear it on the left. Its meant to be worn above the heart to symbolize the sacrifice of the soldiers.

Poppies were chosen by the Great War Veteran's association (pre-cursor to the legion) in 1921 as a symbol of remembrance for Canada.

Ours its not about the colors. They were inspired by 'In Flander's Fields' a poem written by John McCrae and still read every November 11. It speaks about the poppies in Belgium which grew on the battlefields.

https://www.legion.ca/remembrance/th...y-of-the-poppy

They are sold every year by the Legion with money donated to the Veterans.
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Old 11-11-2020, 12:55 AM
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I can honestly say that I've never seen anyone wearing a poppy for Memorial Day or Veteran's Day. Do any of our other American posters recall seeing poppies for sale or people wearing them?


https://www.alaforveterans.org/Poppy/


Personally I would love to see this tradition of wearing one catch on in the U.S.A.
The town I lived in as a child is in Linn County, Oregon, home to one of the largest Veteran's Day parades in the nation and poppy sales were huge 35-40 years ago. My grandparents were also very involved with the American Legion on both the local and state level and my parents had me in Junior Auxiliary as a kid, which had a poppy sale contest similar to Girl Scout cookie sales. The town we moved to when I was a teenager didn't have as active of an American Legion or VFW so I don't feel like poppy sales were as much of a thing there, so I suspect that it's very location specific if it's a thing still nowadays.
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Old 11-11-2020, 05:13 AM
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Military Wives Choirs collaborate with the Westminster City Council to commemorate the burial of the Unknown Warrior. Abide with Me was sung accompanying him to his final final resting place on 11th November 1920. Military Wives Choirs have released a new and very moving version to mark the 100 years.

Video released by Westminster Council on the story of the Unknown Warrior


Abide with Me by The Military Wives Choirs


https://www.westminster.gov.uk/unknownwarrior100
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Old 11-11-2020, 06:15 AM
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There are lots of stories and tributes today on the Centenary of burial of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey

https://news.sky.com/story/it-could-...lives-12129452

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54832748

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at the Abbey earlier.

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Old 11-11-2020, 06:25 AM
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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Westminster Abbey attended the service to mark Armistice Day and the centenary of the burial of the unknown warrior:


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The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended the commemorations at the National Memorial Arboretum:


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Old 11-11-2020, 07:18 AM
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I can honestly say that I've never seen anyone wearing a poppy for Memorial Day or Veteran's Day. Do any of our other American posters recall seeing poppies for sale or people wearing them?


https://www.alaforveterans.org/Poppy/


Personally I would love to see this tradition of wearing one catch on in the U.S.A.
Up until about 40 years ago you would see people wearing them occasionally, and some stores would have a small box of them for sale up at the checkout counters. I haven't seen anyone wearing one, or seen any for sale for years.
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Old 11-11-2020, 11:14 AM
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Up until about 40 years ago you would see people wearing them occasionally, and some stores would have a small box of them for sale up at the checkout counters. I haven't seen anyone wearing one, or seen any for sale for years.

Thank you Ista and to all of the others who took the time to answer my question about Americans wearing poppies.
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Old 11-11-2020, 12:02 PM
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The Earl of Wessex wears uniform and Decorations . I thought He left the Army ?
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The Earl of Wessex wears uniform and Decorations . I thought He left the Army ?
The Earl had joined the Royal Marines training but left the program before completing. Members of the British Royal family are sometimes seen in the uniforms of the regiments that they represent.
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Old 11-11-2020, 12:15 PM
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The Earl of Wessex wears uniform and Decorations . I thought He left the Army ?
He started training with the Royal Marines but left. He holds several honorary appointments and is also an Aide de Camp to HM.

That's a lovely version of Abide with Me.

I almost don't want to know too much about the Unknown Warrior, even though the story of how it came to happen is fascinating.
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Old 11-11-2020, 01:28 PM
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Up until about 40 years ago you would see people wearing them occasionally, and some stores would have a small box of them for sale up at the checkout counters. I haven't seen anyone wearing one, or seen any for sale for years.
Here the money goes to the Royal British Legion. Where would the money raised in the US have gone to?
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Old 11-11-2020, 01:32 PM
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The grave of the Unknown Warrior is usually surrounded by poppies but here it's surrounded by? I'm not very up on plants.
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Old 11-11-2020, 02:42 PM
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Here the money goes to the Royal British Legion. Where would the money raised in the US have gone to?
As I recall, poppy sales were by several different organizations, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and no doubt other organizations that support or supported veterans. I'm not sure what the current situation is, since, as I said, I haven't seen poppies for sale commonly in at least 20 years. Perhaps one of the other members has more current information and will post.
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Old 11-11-2020, 02:58 PM
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As I recall, poppy sales were by several different organizations, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and no doubt other organizations that support or supported veterans. I'm not sure what the current situation is, since, as I said, I haven't seen poppies for sale commonly in at least 20 years. Perhaps one of the other members has more current information and will post.
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Old 11-11-2020, 03:23 PM
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I wept watching the memorial service to the Unknown Warrior today as I read an article saying he was , 'undoubtably a young man, no older than 25 and possibly as young as 15 or 16 as so many lied about their age and were never questioned.' That totally broke my heart.
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Old 11-11-2020, 04:13 PM
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The grave of the Unknown Warrior is usually surrounded by poppies but here it's surrounded by? I'm not very up on plants.
i thought that it was surrounded by a border of poppies as usual... with the queen's bouquet and other flowers palced on it after the service today.
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Old 11-11-2020, 04:33 PM
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i thought that it was surrounded by a border of poppies as usual... with the queen's bouquet and other flowers palced on it after the service today.
Post 1326 - it's surrounded by green with white flowers. You can tell I don't know anything about flowers.

When HM was there last week it was surrounded by the usual garland of poppies but not today.
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Old 11-11-2020, 05:03 PM
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Armistice Day 2020 across the UK

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